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Obi : Keyamo, Melaye fault Obasanjo’s endorsement

On Monday, More criticisms ensued the former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s endorsement of Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, Peter Obi.


Official Spokesperson for All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council and Minister of State, Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamio (SAN), said Obasanjo was within his rights to endorse Obi.


He said the endorsement meant that Obasanjo does not think his former deputy and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, deserved to be President.


Keyamo also believes the former president’s choice does not affect APC presidential flagbearer Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.


The minister tweeted: “Quite within OBJ’s right to endorse anyone, but bad for PDP in two ways:


“Atiku’s former boss does not think he deserves to be President this time around.


“The little support OBJ gave PDP in 2019 & they failed, he has taken that away to LP. No effect at all on @officialABAT.”


Director, Public Affairs of the Campaign Council, Dino Melaye, disagreed with Obasanjo’s reference to age as a reason for choosing Obi.


According to him, if America, the most civilised democracy on earth can elect 70-year-old Joe Biden as president, then age does not matter.


Elder statesman Tanko Yakasai also slammed Obasanjo for endorsing Obi, who he predicted would come third.


He said: “Obasanjo’s endorsement is insignificant.


“The 2023 contest is a race between two top contenders, and even the gap between the major contender is so wide that no one will waste his or her vote on a contestant that is far far behind these big two.”


An APC member, Adamu Garba, claimed Obasanjo was envious of his party’s presidential candidate Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.


He tweeted: “Envy is an immense disease. I respect & continue to respect General Olusegun Obasanjo.


“However, I advise him to outgrow his envy of Tinubu at this stage of his life.


“Obasanjo is desperately envious of the rise and shine of Bola Ahmed Tinubu; his loss in this one is sure to come.”

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